Comparison may be the thief of joy, but it hasn’t stopped the masses from comparing the franchises of Bravo’s Real Housewives. After all, it’s arguable that comparing one series to the next is natural, but we feel like the fan bases of each franchise play a role in the chatter.
Even the stars of the shows duke it out over which city is better. Viewers will certainly remember that RHOA’'s Kenya Moore and RHONY’'s Ramona Singer exchanged words on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip about their respective franchises being more iconic.
With that in mind, our wheels started turning about where each Real Housewives franchise stands in terms of popularity. Many would say that RHOA treats viewers to everything and more, while others would say that the RHONJ gives the peach-holders a run for their money.
However, it all comes down to ratings.
So, where do the Real Housewives shows fall in rank? Here’s the 4-1-1.
8. The Real Housewives of Dubai
It should come as no surprise that The Real Housewives of Dubai grabs the No. 8 spot. The series is the baby of all the Real Housewives franchises and is currently in the middle of its debut season. While the world is still getting acquainted with the cast, the franchise has received rave reviews from social media users so far. TV Deets shares that the season has so far garnered nearly 800,000 viewers for its season premiere. So, it's safe to say that The Real Housewives of Dubai has potential to make it to the top!
7. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City has earned the No. 7 spot. Although the series is still considered to be fresh meat, the cast has been grown from its first season. The ladies have given viewers a fair share of drama. After all, Jen Shah's legal troubles has been all the cast and social media users alike have been talking about. And according to TV Deets, the Season 2 cast trip episode made a new record with just under 840,000 viewers.
6. The Real Housewives of New York City
Grabbing the No. 6 spot on the Real Housewives ranked list is The Real Housewives of New York City. Over the years, the cast has served up its fair share of drama. However, one of the biggest grievances fans have with the series is that it shouldn't have taken 13 seasons to have a Black housewife on the show. Not to mention, several rumors about cast members being racist may have seemingly hurt the show's viewership. The Daily Mail reports that the April 6, 2021, episode only brought in 764,000 viewers, which was a low for the franchise. Hopefully things can change in the future!
5. The Real Housewives of Atlanta
This one pains us to admit, but RHOA has fallen from grace, and Season 13 is the cause. It's no secret that things were different for the cast since they had to film in the midst of COVID-19, but the ratings unfortunately took a tumble. Social media users criticized the fact that OG NeNe Leakes was gone from the show, while others felt that something was missing from the storyline. However, it appears that the Season 14 cast has understood the assignment. ShowBuzz Daily reports that ratings are up with Season 14, Episode 4, bringing in nearly 1 million viewers. It's safe to say that RHOA will be back on top in no time.
4. The Real Housewives of Potomac
Like it or not, RHOP has been a true breath of fresh air. From Season 1, the RHOP cast has been delivering epic reads, shade the size of the DMV area, and drama that has kept fans yearning for more. Over the years we've witnessed fights, marriage troubles, and women build their own businesses from the ground up. It's truly been inspiring and entertaining to watch. TV Deets shares that Season 6's finale ended with over a million viewers, with the full season attracting between 875,000 to 1 million viewers per episode. Season 7 appears to be just as promising.
3. The Real Housewives of Orange County
Securing the No. 3 spot is The Real Housewives of Orange County. The news may come as a surprise for many devoted Bravo viewers, but the ratings do not lie. The show has delivered 16 seasons that have provided fans with drama from all ends — from Noelle's divorce battle to Gina's DUI. TV Deets reports that Part 2 of the Season 16 reunion brought in the most ratings with a whopping 1,095,000 for the season.
2. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
It's no secret that RHOBH has received a few facelifts over the years. Beloved housewife Lisa Vanderpump bid the show farewell and Garcelle Beauvais made history as the first Black housewife on the franchise. Despite the changes over the years, viewership has been steady enough for RHOBH to land the No. 2 spot. Per TV Deets, Part 1 of the Season 11 reunion brought in 1,517,000 viewers, which reflects the majority of the season's episodes bringing in more than 1 million viewers.
1. The Real Housewives of New Jersey
There's something special about the RHONJ. The series has continuously delivered entertaining seasons over the years. Fans have seen the roller-coaster friendship of Danielle Staub and Teresa Giudice, and rumors of Joe and Melissa Gorga possibly ending their marriage. The drama has been consistent and fans can't get enough. Since the series is one of the longest-running in the franchise that consistently trends on social media — with 1,132,000 viewers for its Season 11 premiere — it makes sense that RHONJ grabs the No. 1 spot.